Confidence Building Early Response Mechanism (COBERM)


UNDP Georgia crisis
Peace performance in the Sukhumi Youth House. Photo: UNDP

This joint EU/UNDP programme supports immediate and concrete initiatives, which seek to have an impact on confidence building within and across conflict divided communities. The objective of COBERM is to foster a peaceful transformation of conflicts.

What We Do

COBERM prioritizes ideas/projects facilitating direct people-to-people contacts across conflict divides. However, opportunities are also sought to support the enhancement of an enabling environment within the divided communities. It is particularly interested in projects that help to:

  • promote culture of tolerance;
  • facilitate dialogue within and between the divided communities;
  • address security and safety concerns of marginalized communities;
  • contribute to good governance and media;
  • strengthen community capacities including empowerment of women to play a more prominent role in non-violent conflict resolution;
  • infrastructure development initiatives (particularly where there may be a positive 'spill over' effect near the Administrative Border Lines).

Some results so far

UNDP Georgia conflict
Medical chek-up in the rehabilitated clinic in Nikozi near the Administrative Boundary Line with South Ossetia. October 2012. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

The first stage of the programme in 2010-2012 featured a number of successful projects, such as: youth summer camps, peace journalism, publishing of a Georgian-Ossetian and Ossetian-Georgian dictionary, a collection of stories and discussion papers by the South Caucasus writers and scholars, and digitalisation of archive documents related to culture and history. 

Who finances it?

European Union US$ 6,476,683.94
Government of the Netherlands US$    259,740.26


2012 US$    259,033.27
2013 US$ 2,876,985.04
2014 US$ 3,194,044.41
Start date:
May 2012
End date:
September 2015
Geographic coverage:

Funded by the European Union 


Contribution from the Government of the Netherlands

Contact Information

Irina Liczek, Project Manager

+995 32 2224751

6 Mirtskhulava Street, 2nd Floor, Tbilisi 0179 Georgia

Contact Person in UNDP

Natia Natsvlishvili, Assistant Resident Representative